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July 2012

Greenhouse Society: July Reveal

It is July 15th, which means it is time to reveal our latest Greenhouse Society stamp set.

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July's set consists of five clear stamps on a 3"x 4" storage sheet.

We were thinking Christmas in July when we put together this stamp set, which is a great one to use to start designing your holiday cards with. It's also a lovely set to use for decorating holiday-themed scrapbook pages and for making other Christmas-related projects with.

The stamp set starts shipping to Greenhouse Society members on July 25th. Not a member of our Greenhouse Society? You'll be able to find it soon on our Web site on sale for a limited time and through some retailers. Contact your favorite retailer to ask if they offer Greenhouse Society stamps or to ask them to get them in.

Want a peek at this set in action? Well, our Creative Team is here today to do just that for you.

Take it away, team!

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(Teri Anderson)

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(Tobi Crawford)

They will be back on July 25th with some more pretty projects for you!

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Guest Blog Post + Two Chances to Win!

Today I'm thrilled to be the guest blogger on the Creating Keepsakes' blog. My project features some of the new stamp sets and Story Cards that Ali Edwards designed for our summer release. I took waaaay too many photos while I was making the project. They wouldn't all fit into the CK post. That means... you all get to see some of the extra pictures here.

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Before you go check out the Creating Keepsakes' blog and see the whole project, you are going to want to sign up for our email newsletter! On July 23rd, we will be announcing all the new products. Everyone who subscribes to our newsletter between now and July 22nd (at midnight PDT) will be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate for $50. (If you already get our newsletters, go ahead and enter your email address here. Then follow the instructions to update your profile and confirm your interest in continuing to receive our newsletters. Everyone who updates their profile will also be eligible for the drawing.) We will pick a winner on July 23rd. If you win, you can choose from any of the products including the new ones (which will be revealed on July 23rd)!

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Would you like a second chance to win? I thought so! Head on over to the Creating Keepsakes' blog and leave a comment there. Plus don't forget to check out the rest of my project and some tips too!

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Ps. A big thanks to everyone who checked out our July Studio AE Blog Hop! The winner of the $25 gift certificate to TechniqueTuesday.com is Lisa aka Myran, who commented on Linda's blog post (7/10 @ 7:03 a.m.). Congrats, Lisa! Teri will be contacting you via email  so we can get your prize to you. July's Summer Rocks by Ali Edwards Studio AE stamp set is currently shipping to Studio AE members. Not a Studio AE member? The set is available for a limited time on our Web site and through some retailers. Check with your favorite retailer to see if they carry Studio AE stamp sets.



Pssst... I've got a secret!

It's me - Bev Grey. Tomorrow I'm going to be the guest blogger on the Creating Keepsakes' blog. I can't wait to share the project with all of you! But today I'm going to share a technique that didn't make it on the final project.

Guest blogging was harder than I thought it would be. I followed a CK sketch to create the background. I printed all my photos and matted them. I had the title figured out and created some accents to make it really pop. I took pictures of each step and wrote up instructions. Then my daughter came home. I had used some fuchsia ink to make the accents. My daughter used to love pink. Now she prefers purple. Since the layout was completely about her, I decided to change up the project. Although you won't see fushcia embellishments on the finished project, here are the instructions for making pink faux letterpress accents. (By the way, my daughter was just reading the draft of this blog post and pointed out you could make purple accents instead. I told her that she could write up her own blog post and use purple for her project. She put on headphones and turned up the music. What's not to love about the teen years?)

  1. I wanted the accents to have some dimension and be a little girly. So I got out a modern, floral embossing folder and my Cuttlebug. I also put down a craft mat. (I've been known to occasionally drop an ink pad and I wanted to protect my work surface.)
     
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  2. Now I'm sure many of you regularly emboss paper but I wanted these accents to be a little more dimensional. I decided to emboss some Technique Tiles. Technique Tiles are like chipboard in that they are thin (about 1/16th of an inch thick) and they are light-weight. But unlike chipboard, Technique Tiles are white. You can easily add color by dragging an ink pad around the edges or across the entire tile. Or you can stamp words or an image on the Technique Tiles. (Guess what else? Technique Tiles are on sale!)
     
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  3. For this project, I inked up my folder with the fuschia ink pad. Then I placed the Technique Tile into the folder and rolled it through the machine. When I opened up the folder, I totally loved the faux-letter press Technique Tile accent.
     
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  4. When I was done making accents, I used a wet wipe to clean up the folder. Here is one of the finished Technique Tile accents. (I'm going to be sending someone a card with this lovely pink accent soon!)
     
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Now before all you embossing machine owners race out and start making Technique Tile accents, I have some tips for you:

  • The sandwich that I used was an A plate, B plate, the closed folder with the Technique Tile nestled inside, and then another B plate. That seems to work well on my home Cuttlebug.

    However, the Cuttlebug at the Technique Tuesday offices doesn't like that sandwich. When I am at the office, I use an A plate, B plate, the folder with the Technique Tile laying on top of the open folder, and finally a C plate. (Yes... you will get some ink on your C plate but a wet wipe will take it right off.)

    My advice is to do a search for the sandwiches that are recommended for the machine you own and then experiment with your specific machine. When you roll your sandwich through the machine it should take some effort but it should not feel like you are forcing the sandwich into the machine. If you do force it, you can break your plates or damage your machine. And sometimes when you force it through the machine, the handle kicks back as the folder exits the machine. If the handle hits you, it really hurts. (Yes... I did it and it wasn't fun so just don't go there!)

  • I used chalk ink for this project. I really prefer chalk ink when I'm working with Technique Tiles. The brand doesn't seem to matter. As long as it's chalk ink, it looks great on the Technique Tiles. You can learn more about adding color to Technique Tile accents in this tutorial on our website.

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  • If you'd like to see a variation on this faux letter press technique that's not as messy, check out Teri's video tutorial.

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I hope you enjoyed this faux letterpress tutorial. And I hope you'll check out my guest blog post on the Creating Keepsakes blog tomorrow! We're going to be giving away some of the new stamp sets and Story Cards. Plus you'll want to check back here too for even more giveaways and sneak peeks. Come join us!

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An Irresistible Resist Technique from Daniela

This is Daniela, and I’m going to show you a fun technique today: Resist with heat-embossing and watercolor crayons.

And rather than using paper, I wanted to try something different so I’m using canvas I found at a local craft store. It has a bit of texture but I have had no problems heat embossing on it. 

The supplies from Technique Tuesday that I am using to pull off this technique are:

Let’s get started.

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Stamp polka dots from Passion for Polka stamp set on canvas with VersaMark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

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Using watercolor crayons, scribble over the embossed images with four different colors. Leave white space between each color. Using a water brush, spread the colors with water. Let the colors dry. Gently wipe over the embossed areas using a paper towel.

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Die cut a heart and use it on a card.

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I used a negative from the die cut as an embellishment for the card. I used watercolor crayon to paint the sentiment stamp and stamp it on cardstock.

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July Studio AE from Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

Woohoo! It's the 10th. That means it is time again for yet another Studio AE Blog Hop!

Just wait until you see what our Studio AE team has cooked up with the new Summer Rocks by Ali Edwards stamp set, which starts shipping today.

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Please check out the blogs of:

Comment along the way! We'll be giving away a $25 gift certificate to TechniqueTuesday.com at random to someone who comments during the hop. The winner will be announced on this blog on the 13th.

Happy hopping!

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A Peek at Our Summer Release!

New stamps by Ali Edwards? Check. A new product for both stampers and non-stampers? You bet. A collection of clean and simple stamps with a touch of humor? Got it. And you'll soon be able to get them, too! Here is a small sample of the new products we are releasing this summer.

We know a lot of you are big fans of Ali Edwards!

Well, we've worked with Ali to bring you something brand spanking new. We are introducing 4 different collections of Story Cards. These collections, which come in three different colors, all feature phrases from Ali. And they are perfect for scrapbook pages and mini books and for using with pocket pages like Project Life. You'll also find some of them work well for cards and paper crafting projects, too!

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We also have a lot of stamps in our Summer release. More than 40 sets, in fact!

Of course, we've got a whole lot of great new stamps from Ali. From love-themed ones to ones about life in general, we think you'll find something that works for many of the projects you are working on.

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Like patterned stamps? We have a wonderful new Chevron stamp set.

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Stamp the chevron borders together and you'll be able to create one of a kind chevron background papers. The possibilities are really endless with this stamp set!

We are also introducing a collection of Keep Calm stamp sets.  These stamp sets are done in a unique way with two phrases and a number of different images to work with them! A_TTpeek_15_KeepCalmSmilePe

We've got a set that we think it is a whole lot of awesome!

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And we've got some stamp sets that are great for the upcoming Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays!

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We can't wait for you to see all of our new products.

We'll share more peeks of our Summer release in the coming days.

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Memory Keeping with Laura

Hooray! We have Laura O'Donnell here today with a scrapbook page and memory!

Take it away, Laura!

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I used a stamp from Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards for the title.

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This picture of my daughter was taken on Father's Day weekend. My dad and stepmom were visiting from Florida and we planned to go to Longwood Gardens for the day. She was very tired from a sleepover party the night before so we told her she didn't have to go, but she went anyway and ran around after her brother and walked the gardens in the hot sun with us. I was very proud of her, so I wanted to use the "You are my favorite memory" stamp on my page.

Thanks, Laura!

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Dye Twill Ribbon with Watercolor Crayons

Hello! Happy Summer!

Linda here to talk a little about our watercolor crayons. Technique Tuesday carries many, many colors of these fun crayons. It’s a great way to add color to your projects. There are many ways to use it, and here’s one of my favorite techniques: using them to create custom-dyed ribbons. Technique Tuesday also carries undyed twill ribbons which are perfect for stamping, writing, and dyeing. I’m using the thin one for this project.

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To get started, I scribble on a stamping block with the crayons. You could use any other slick, waterproof surface to do this on.

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Then using a waterbrush, I rub some water on the scribbles until I create watercolor!

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I’ve precut little strips of the twill ribbon, and I just jump right in. I start on one end, and add more water as I move to the other end. This will create a nice ombré effect, which is so hot right now! (Yes, I’m using Mugatu voice when I type that.)

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To add a bit more color at the end, I dip the ribbon directly into the puddle of watercolor. You can keep adding more color to the ribbon to create a richer look. Just remember that there’s no right or wrong. Just go for it!

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I’m planning to use these bits of ribbon as little banners. So I watercolored six pieces in different colors. The colors I used are: orange, yellow, spring green, turquoise blue, english red, and pink.

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I left them to dry overnight. You could speed the process up with a heat gun. Once dry, they are a bit less vibrant, but still so pretty!

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To assemble this card, I stamped Passion for Polka as the background using a light gray so it wouldn’t compete with the multitude of other colors. The Happy Birthday is from the Wishes set. I used a white embossing powder on bright  colored cardstock for the sentiment. To finish the project, I sewed the ribbon banners on some hemp trim, and added a bit of stitching on the card.

That’s it! It’s so easy to add some color to your cards or layouts using these fun crayons! Drop by my blog for more detailed info.

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Stamp Spotlight: The Eye Charts

Hi everyone!

Get ready for some fun because today we are spotlighting our unique Eye Chart stamp collection.

These fun and clever stamps are designed to look like eye charts. Look closely and you'll find a message within each eye chart.

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Fun, huh?

We've got Ashley Harris and Teri Anderson here today to show some cards they made with them.

Ashley used Congratulations - Eye Chart on this card here.

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This is a fast and easy card to make. Pick any of our Eye Chart stamps. Stamp it once on a panel of cardstock and mount it to a card. Finish it off with two strips of decorative tape. Easy peasy! 

Teri created this cheery birthday card with the Birthday - Eye Chart.

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She cut red strips from cardstock and placed them at the top and bottom of the eye chart. It's the perfect touch and so reminiscent of an eye chart at the doctor's office!

Ashley used twine to make stripes at the bottom and top of this card she made the I Love You - Eye Chart. So, so fun!

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And how cool is the ribbon tab at the top of her card?!

You can find all of our Eye Chart stamps on our Web site. Contact your favorite retailer to see if they have them in stock or to ask them to carry Technique Tuesday products.

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